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Last Updated: Friday, 22 April, 2005, 12:13 GMT 13:13 UK
Rapid Hendry destroys Hamilton
By Phil Harlow
BBC Sport at The Crucible

Stephen Hendry
Hendry was in unstoppable form as The Crucible
Stephen Hendry sent out a warning to his title rivals after reaching the quarter-finals with a 13-3 thrashing of world number 25 Anthony Hamilton.

Hendry was at his ruthless best as he won with a session to spare, taking seven of the eight frames.

Hamilton wasted chances when in among the balls and had no answer as Hendry made a series of clinical frame-winning breaks, including a 63 and a 71.

The 14th frame went to Hamilton, but a 75 in the last ensured an early finish.

Hendry said he had plenty of room for improvement despite the emphatic result.

"I felt good in patches and I potted a lot more long balls than in my first match," said Hendry.

"But when the score starts to go 9-2 or 10-2 it's very difficult to stay as focussed as you were at the start of the session.

"It gives me time get back to the way I was cueing before Sheffield. I'll find more form when I'm pushed."

S HENDRY (Sco) 13-3 A HAMILTON (Eng)

117-8 (108) 4-111 (101) 69-37 76-13 88-0 82-1 (82) 77-22 17-86 (86) 80-4164-49 (63) 63-20 62-34 25-66 73-8 (55) 75-0 (75)

Interview: Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry

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